Here are some questions in regards to the estimating services we provide and how we operate

  • Who uses our estimating services?

    Anyone that needs a construction estimate or a material takeoff. This includes contractors that perform private or public work. Residential builders, commercial and civil contractors that are small or large, whether they need one estimate or multiple estimates benefit from our estimating service. Contractors that do not have the volume of construction to support a full-time estimator hire us. Contractors that have cut their estimating staff due to the drop in the construction market have hired us.

  • How quick can you expect a takeoff or estimate?

    It varies depending on the project size and type. To give you an idea, we typically turnaround a lumber estimate on a single or two-story residential home within 24-36 hours from receiving the plans! On a single or two-story residential home quantifying slab through lintel, again we typically turn it around within 24-36 hours! Turnaround times for commercial projects vary from project to project due to the size, complexity, and uniqueness.

  • What type of document are the estimates and quantity surveys prepared in?

    We primarily prepare the quantity surveys and estimates in Microsoft Excel. We are also proficient with PlanSwift and Quest Residential Estimator. You can also email us one of your Excel spreadsheets that have your cost codes and material codes. We will input the quantities that we estimate into your spreadsheet. Then you can send out this material list to your vendors for pricing then you can import the spreadsheet into your estimating system for budgets.

  • What format are the construction estimates prepared in?

    We can give you the material list in CSI MasterFormat or UniFormat. We can also prepare it based on the how you phase your work (ex. “Footer Steel” would have all the materials required for this phase of construction, grouped together). Or if you want us to customize the estimate to your needs we will gladly do so!

  • Why should my company outsource it’s estimating work with USA TOP ESTIMATORS,inc?

    we are experts in building cost estimating. Most importantly, we can save you money because you do not need a full-time estimator and you do not need to invest in expensive estimating software. Many contractors purchase expensive software based on the recommendation of their estimator. Suddenly, that estimator is no longer employed with the company and you are stuck with a piece of estimating software that you do not know how to use. And now with the slow down in construction industry and the current state of the economy, why have another employee on your payroll! Outsourcing your estimating work is probably the easiest and most cost effective job your company can outsource. All we need from you is a set of plans!

  • What is our fee schedule?

    You will know the fee for our service upfront because we will provide you a FREE QUOTE!

  • How do I request a takeoff or estimate?

    To receive a FREE QUOTE send your construction here to send you to the “Request an Estimate” form.

  • What areas of the country do we service?

    ANYWHERE in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean can utilize our construction estimating services.